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Snowstorm arrives, big snow totals and a rough commute expected

Very heavy snow is expected this afternoon and evening.

The main change from yesterday's forecast from the weather service is that they've delayed the arrival of the powerful winter storm for eastern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities. 

Snow totals, however, are still expected to bring 6-9 inches to most of the Twin Cities and higher amounts across portions of central Minnesota. 

As of 6:30 a.m., temperatures are still warm enough in southern Minnesota (Brainerd had 4 inches of snow by 6:30 a.m.) that the rain has yet to change over to snow, but that will change from west to east as the day advances, and the Cities should brace for a rather snowy afternoon. 

Here's the language in the Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service. 

"In general, snow totals between 6 and 9 inches are expected across the warning area, with the highest snowfall totals, near 12 inches, expected between Princeton and Little Falls in central MN. Snow totals in the advisory are expected to between 3 and 6 inches." 

The NWS does warn that snow totals could be higher than what they show on the map if the rain/mixed precipitation changes over to snow quicker. Likewise, totals could be less if it's slow to change. 

Here's how the NWS sees the future radar playing out (blue is snow, pink is mixed precipitation and green is rain). 

In addition, winds gusting up to 40 mph will cause blowing and drifting. Travel conditions are expected to be bad, especially this afternoon and evening. 

Many schools across the state, including in the metro, are closed in anticipation of the storm. 

We'll update the story accordingly throughout the day. 

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